The Daily Brew

Saturday, June 22, 2002:

My wife and I went to see "About a Boy" last night. It was a refreshing reminder that while the foreign and domestic policies of the court appointed Bush administration are intent on destroying not only the United States, but also the rest of the planet, they haven't completely succeeded. Yet.

The movie features Hugh Grant as a self absorbed batchelor (imagine!) who learns that human connection is the key to a happy and meaningful life. I was thoroughly entertained with no violence, sex, or rough language, which ought to please former movie critic turned full time right wing prostitute Micheal Medved, but he would still likely complain as the audience he has carved out for his "cultural crusade" on the AM radio still cannot continance the portrayal of single parents in a positive light.

While I have no complaints about the acting, the strength of the film was, as always, the script, which judiciously avoided the temptations of at least a few obvious story lines, leaving the plot uncomplicated, yet satisfying. It gets four brews out of a possible five.

Common Sense // 2:07 PM

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Common Sense // 1:41 PM

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I've just wasted the morning learning all about a few people who are smarter than me; namely Brad DeLong and Micheal Froomkin. Brad has an interesting page which ought to be useful for any of you who might, at some point, need to prove to some ditto-monkey that a) the deficits of the 1980s were Reagan's fault, and b) they cost the country dearly in terms of greater prosperity. These arguments are bound to resurface since, if we are going to act in our own self-interest, we will need to be arguing that c) the deficits of the 2000s are Bush's fault and d) they are going to cost the country dearly in terms of greater prosperity.
Common Sense // 1:36 PM

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Friday, June 21, 2002:

Two articles, one in the NY Times, the other in the Washington Post, have convinced me that I will never understand the Arabs. In the Times, we learn that the ranks of suicide bombers are no longer confined to religious zealots, but also include seemingly secular Palestinians, and most disturbing for me, their kids. I can accept that in any society, particularly one as desparate as the West Bank and Gaza, there will inevitably be young people who will commit tragic acts, including taking their own lives. What I cannot accept is a culture that is so committed to the political purpose that may or may not be served by these suicides that it actively encourages them.

In my simple mind, a society that encourages its children to commit suicide is so fundementally sick that it may well be beyond redemption. But hey, I'm just an ignorant Westerner.

Ignore, for a moment, the fact that they may kill a few dozen Isreali children with them. At the end of the day, the suicide bomber has, in fact, committed suicide. And when the suicide bombers are children, as many are, then the intifada is, at its core, literally encoraging its very future to blow themselves up. And lest someone accuse me of stereotyping Arabs, allow me to point out that it isn't a tiny fraction of zealots who are encouraging the future of Palestine to blow themselves up, it is the majority.

The Post informs us that a recent survey by pollster Fathi Shikaki found that that 52 percent of Palestinians favored the so-called "martyrdom operations" as against 59 percent in a previous poll, and that at one point earlier this year the support exceeded 70 percent. This to me is simply unfathomable. A MAJORITY of Palestinians favor their children killing themselves.

The cognative dissonance is so strong that I don't know if I can continue to even try to understand the situation.
Common Sense // 1:35 PM

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"To the Court-appointed Bush Administration, it's not a matter of whether to force Saddam Hussein out it's a matter of how. We need to apply that same thinking in the USA."

"In the biggest indication that insiders feel W is in real trouble, his appointers at the Supreme Court have reversed themselves and barred executions of the mentally retarded."

~
Barry Crimmins
Common Sense // 10:20 AM

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I'm back, but still too busy to blog much.
Common Sense // 10:19 AM

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Monday, June 17, 2002:

I'm gonna be gone doing my thing for a few days, so I thought I would leave you with this latest email I received.

----- Original Message -----
From: Shorka123@aol.com
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2002 9:12 AM
Subject: TERRORIST

THERE ARE TERRORISTS AND THERE ARE TERRORISTS AND YOU ARE THE BIGGEST, MOST DANGEROUS AND MOST IDIOTIC OF THE WORLD'S LOT. IF YOU EXPECT TO GAIN ADMIRERS AND A FEW PENNIES TO SUPPORT YOUR POISONED CUP OF DAILY BREW YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR ASS FROM A HOLE IN YOUR HEAD. I HOPE YOUR MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW HOW HER SON GETS HIS KICKS SO SHE DOESN;T HAVE TO HIDE IN THE CLOSET. YOU LOST YOURSELF A FEW SUPPORTERS AND ALSO A FEW PENNIES TO SUPPORT YOUR FOOLISHNESS AND TERRORIST BEHAVIOR. SO LONG...NUT

Actually, I netted a few subscribers from the peice. I consider it a healthy rotation into a more stable and intellegent readership. I also take it Shorka123 won't be leaving a tip for the brew...


Leave some bread in my jar. Click on the case.




Common Sense // 10:57 AM
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Sunday, June 16, 2002:

Think all capatalists are pigs?

‘"I feel that what happened was that Ashcroft (the attorney general) basically detonated a ‘dirty bomb’ plot. The plot is his. The detonation is his. The Bush administration is exploiting the terrorist threat for its purposes, to generate fear and to overcome constitutional constraints on the use of force.’’

George Soros, the billionaire financier, accusing the Bush administration of deliberately manipulating the aftermath of September 11 and the arrest of Padile to promote an authoritarian agenda.

Common Sense // 8:22 PM

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Some pretty good feedback on my message below. I've printed some of them immediately following. One thing for sure, I am going to do more satire. Also, I'm thinking of putting an IQ requirement on the mailing list.

----- Original Message -----
From: "brew"
To:
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 12:16 PM
Subject: The Daily Brew

I'm not exactly the New York Times, so I'm not above responding to reader mail. Most people who have written me get a hand written reply. To make my life easier, I am sending this as a pre-emptive strike.

Apparently, there were at least a few folks who didn't recognise the piece yesterday, "Four Dead in Ohio" as satire. I don't know what is scarier, the fact that the Bush administration is so bad that many assumed the story was true, or the fact that so many were unaware of the actual controversy surrounding yesterday's commencement adress at OSU which would have tipped them off (which is intended to be a commentary about the news media, not the illinformed).

Anyway, I admit I haven't written a lot of satire in the past, so if this was a curve ball, and I scared anybody, I apologise.

Information about the actual protest can be found here:

http://www.turnyourbackonbush.com/

For those who didn't get the cultural references, maybe the words of the Neil Young song inspired by the Kent State tragedy in 1970 will help. (Jeez. It has only been played on the radio, what, a billion times?)

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
Common Sense // 8:02 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: JBoyle10@aol.com
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

I got it and started singing the song the minute I saw the title. I agree though, it was one or the other of: "I don't know what is scarier, the fact that the Bush administration is so bad that many assumed the story was true, or the fact that so many were unaware of the actual controversy surrounding yesterday's commencement adress at OSU which would have tipped them off (which is intended to be a commentary about the news media, not the illinformed)." And, either are disgusting. True, but disgusting.

Keep up the good work and if you attempt to use satire to a crowd who may not immediately remember the Kent State Ohio crimes, maybe you'd better use a a little hint. ;)

Thanks for your continued great site.

Sincerely,

Janet PS maybe a little Neil Young music would have rung a few bells.

Common Sense // 7:56 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "John Hibbs"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

If folks are too stupid to pick up on your style of writing your essay, tell them to read Shakespeare. Then tell them to smoke pole.

Common Sense // 7:54 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "connie g"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Talk about panic in the streets!
This middle aged woman LIVED the Kent State Massacre,demonstrated against the Viet Nam war,marched for Civil rights and spoke for women's rights and ultimately saw the Office of President of the United States stolen from the rightful winner..... but none of that could compare to the garbage printed by The Brew.

I have no objections to turning my back on the "UNLAWFUL" president and not appauding,I have a problem about the shooting of students. Isn't there enough violence in the World today......for real?

Please unsubscribe me........the memory of violence in the 60's and 70's is too fresh on my mind to make light of your written words.

Tank you!

~Connie~

Too funny. She can handle the theft of her birthright, but my stupid joke puts her over the top. Adios, Connie

Common Sense // 7:53 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: TOOLGT@aol.com
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 6:32 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

In a message dated 6/16/2002 12:16:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time, brew@thedailybrew.com writes:

Apparently, there were at least a few folks who didn't recognise the piece yesterday, "Four Dead in Ohio" as satire.

LOL! People in this country have become downright STUPID!
Keep up the good work!
Cynthia

Common Sense // 7:51 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: GregSpiewak@cs.com
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Hi,

Yes, I got it, and thought long and hard about the references. I recognized the farce, but as is true with all sarcasm, there is always the underlying truth that gives it the edge.

We all need to read again Noam Chomsky's " Necessary Illusions," as well as Howard Zinn's brilliant novel "A People's History of the United States." When our children can tell us about the Ludlow massacre, Matewan, the Chicago Seven and Eugene V. Debs in the same sentence as Colombus and Washington, we will start to bring this nation forward again.

Screw George Bush and his ignorant administration. They have all the collective knowledge of the Know Nothing Party, the arrogance of LBJ, and the ongoing terror-mindset of J Edgar Hoover. I feel less secure now than ever in my lifetime, and I wish that all I ever worried about was some damned intern. Ask America if they feel better now that Geo and Co. have stolen the election??????

Sorry to spout off, but your email set me off. If your subscribers can't tell the difference between parody and truth, we are all victims of the "necessary illusions" of the Chomsky type.

Peace and good will, Greg Spiewak

Common Sense // 7:49 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

The bottom line for me? The majority of Americans are too stupid to have a democracy; that's the reason they don't. Smirk is likely the man of the people: poorly educated, venal, greedy, lacking in compassion.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for your efforts. More people appreciate you than don't, I'm sure.

Jerry

Common Sense // 7:47 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "PM"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Terrifying... unless it means you have a young readership who think Vietnam is ancient history!

Common Sense // 7:46 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Warren Gammel"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Brew,

I caught the satire immediately and thought it was extremely profound.

Great piece! I hope it gets a lot of people's attention.

Back in 74 or 75, I had a buddy in the Air Force who dropped out of the AF Academy after 3 years. Why? He said it was because of listening to Neil Young. This guy was actually responsible for saving my life, but that's another story.

There will be more shootings like Ohio State before our current nightmare is over.

How quickly most people forget that history repeats itself.

What's the difference between Nixon and Bush?

Nixon was elected.

Warren Gammel > Ocala, Florida

Common Sense // 7:44 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Berns"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew scared the shit out of me

I defenitely thought it was real and my blood went into shock, you owe me a response, just kidding I really enjoy your news letters, especially the first one back in november.

oh I have a question of the year, would you tell me what you think of it?

Did YOU REALLY THINK THose BUSH /CHENEY TEXAS oilmen would ALLOW YOU TO CHANGE TO ANOTHER ENERGY RESOURCE WITHOUT CREATING AND MANIPULATING us INTO TERROR?

and I have a solution plan /Hempozaic era, a formula where Hemp-fuel is interfaced with Desalinization,ocean water, thus energy runs drip irrigation. restores drought stricken land, and wildlife rehabilitation, ozone restoration, if used on a global scale.Hemp lumber, paper, Graphite, bio degradable plastics. A real panacea? Henry Ford and Dupont used Hemp to discover there inventions, not till later did they learn to switch to petroleum for there products and it was all for control. With the Hempozaic Era I can create my own independent water and energy infrastructure (an ice hockey farm) and with the new ballard.com fuel cells, it just makes it more efficient. Where are the desalinization plants restoring drought stricken lands. I'll tell you, they are locked up in patent controlled library of congress so that Americans can continue to consume petro-chlorine. I heard Motorola owns the Hemp fuel patents but I do not believe it. I do know that Dow Chemicals owns patents on independently used desalinization machines.
Brine versus Petrol.
Bought out and sold out shut down criminal environmental treason. do some research and you'll find Jefferson advocating the Hemp plant. The military used Hemp to engine there military for they could not use oil tankers because of German subs sinking vessels. I am so sick of you government agencies living the lie. USA only needs to grow 6% of land to produce all the energy we use.

What do I think of running the country on hemp? Well, I'm all for it, of course.

Common Sense // 7:43 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: Don Malvin
To: brew
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Yes, I immediately thought of Kent State. I then started looking for newspapers that would have carried reports of the incident you reported. Frankly, living under the reign of G.W. Bush is bad enough without your sophomoric, irresponsible BULLSHIT! I suppose I am simply too unsophisticated to recognize satire. Oh well, I suppose, as with Bush, I'll have to learn to live with that.

Guess what? I'm not laughing.
PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!
Don Malvin

Common Sense // 7:34 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mick Donelan"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Dear Brew,
Thanks for the note, but I DID know it was satire, and am ONE of those who knew about the Shrub showing at OSU. If you're counting, I hope I'm at least the tenth in the country......

I love hearing from you -- thanks for your clear and thoughtful writings...
Best wishes,
Mick (Mary) Donelan

Common Sense // 7:32 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: Ellen Schwartz
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: FW: The Daily Brew

Hi, brewmeister. I'm old enough to remember the murders at Kent State, but too nerdy to have been au courant with the popular music of my generation. My daughter is always saying, hey, mom, listen to this song, it's from your day. Hah -- Tchaikowsky, now he's from my day. She was once forced to deliver a quite compelling lecture on the cultural significance of Carlos Santana's fusion music. Shit, where was this kid when I was her age? But I never listened to Neil Young -- had I, I'd have had my evidence quicker. When Phyllis said she had gotten an email that four students had been shot by the National Guard at Ohio State, my first thought was, nah, lightning doesn't strike twice in the same state university system. It would have been helpful if I had recognized the words from the song, but I figured the Methodists would be all over this if it had been true - the Methodist Social Action Committee (or something) was really mobilized over the Kent State killings.

The trouble is, it happened once (though not because the kids 'illegally' turned their backs on the President). And those of us who are old enough to remember know it is just a matter of time before it happens again.

Well, it was a nice try, but really, I recommend Satirewire.com. Today's headline story is, "El Paso, Texas — Unwilling to wait for their eventual indictments, the 10,000 remaining CEOs of public U.S. companies made a break for it yesterday, heading for the Mexican border, plundering towns and villages along the way, and writing the entire rampage off as a marketing expense." I think they're way funnier than TheOnion.com.

See you on the barricades.

Ellen Schwartz
Nefarious old lady

Common Sense // 7:31 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Royse & Sheila Samples"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

You've got to be kidding. It was a beautiful satire; clear as a bell and timely! The report from the mother who attended with babe in arms was published in Democratic Underground, with a LONG string of responses--all outraged--I'm sure you have seen this, if not--it's worth a visit to DU.

As an aside, I have a friend who lives in "Ahia," and he said the lid was tight on coverage of the event, and all the denizens got was what a huge success the event was, with cheering crowds whipped to patriotic ferver by our distinguished and profound leader....LOL

I would venture to say that people who were shocked by your piece do not get their news from the Internet, and the corporate media "ain't talking..."

I enjoyed it, as I do everything you write. Thanks.

Sheila Samples

Common Sense // 7:29 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "R L Russ"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 2:05 PM
Subject: RE: The Daily Brew

Hi Brew -

Love your stuff - you always see a side we all miss. I read the lyrics toYoung's song and a chill went down my spine - how long is it gonna be before this happens again?

I cry for what is to come..

RLR

Common Sense // 7:27 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 1:59 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Well, you know the first rule of satire. Even if it's labeled as such, 10% never get the word. Always safest to include a space alien in the story, just so that if they forwarrd it to the whole world, you'll be able to point that out.

But the bright side is there's probably not a person with a computer in the country that won't know that something happened at OSU.

Common Sense // 7:26 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Jean Corliss"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

I did indeed receive a question from someone very well informed asking if it was a spoof! While I do think this present bunch of presidential types could conceivably be involved in such a tragedy, the four dead mentioned at the beginning quickly tipped me off. I was a faculty wife on a college campus in 1974 and don't think I will ever forget that that was the real defining moment of the country, when students could be gunned down for protesting so gently!

Common Sense // 7:25 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew


I got the satire!!! Good on you.

Jo Ann McGrath

Common Sense // 7:22 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "wanderwoman"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew


Dear Brew

Thanks for the immediate clarification and URL to read on what "really" happened. As for writing satire, might I suggest the next time you give your fictional characters names like "Mrs. Crosby and her young son, Neil Young Crosby..." or call one of the National Guard shooters "Barry Gibb Manilo" so some of us concerned, albeit bright and questioning, readers don't have to turn on CNN on a Sunday morning and get pissed because they're doing soft news...like which ice cream is judged best in the U.S.???

Thank you. Most sincerely, wanderwoman in Michigan
wanderwo@traverse.net

Common Sense // 7:21 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: Vignalimv@aol.com
To: brew@thedailybrew.com
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Dear Brew,
I understood the satire perfectly and I thought it was an excellent piece that your wrote. MV

Common Sense // 7:20 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "HSK"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew

Hi Brew!

For those you didn't know about the "real story", and didn't recognize your article as satire, I have just one word, namely "Duh".

Sounds harsh, but I am so ill tempered and have zero patience for those who dabble midlessly in the news, be it on the web, newsprint, TV, sky writing, etc. I can't help wonder what's going on in their minds, besides commericals with chatty Chihuahuas. Yikes!

H

ps. I sent this to mucho editors and so far-batting zero!
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The survivors of the victims of 9-11 should bring a class action suit against Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft for negligence. They were grossly negligent in failing to warn others of impending terrorist attacks.

Doubtless, the Congressional hearings now underway will soon reveal facts about "who knew what - and when" about the impending terrorist hijackings. The public will soon learn that there was considerable creditable information - and that people should have been warned.

The failure of Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft to warn others clearly contributed to the tragic circumstances for many victims of 9-11. Consider that just prior to 9-11, Bush and Cheney fled Washington, and Ashcroft avoided use of commercial aircraft. And, of course, there is much more.

I believe that a suit should go forward, and that Bush and others should be held accountable in a court of law.

Common Sense // 7:19 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Magginkat"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew


I must admit that you made me go running for the news channels. No problem...with the resident idiot in charge I expect something similar to happen before long.

God almighty...why won't America wake up?!

Magginkat

Common Sense // 7:16 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Phyllis Campanello"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: Spoof...

Brew,

I, frankly, do not appreciate your spoof. My husband and I were quite taken back when I read your email last night.

I, previously, found you to send out credible information, and, in fact told others. Therefore, I spent a lot of time attempting to get more information, and discussing this awful turn of events.

What was your intention, and why do you think it was appropriate to make up such a horrid lie and send it out as though it were factual, with no disclaimer? I would appreciate your response.

It kind of ruins the joke if you identify it as such, Phyllis

Unfortunately, in the present state of this country, it may have occurred. What concerns me now is whether I can accept what you write about in the future.

That one's easy. Never believe a word I say. Ever.

I know well the undermining of our constitution by this criminal administration, I need not have false information given to me, I need not be lied to in order to get the seriousness of what is transpiring at this time.

Phyllis

Common Sense // 7:12 PM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 7:13 AM
Subject: Your Satire

Brew:

I really enjoyed the satirical piece you sent yesterday in regards to Ohio State.

The Neil Young song is also great!

Jim

Common Sense // 7:09 PM

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Judging by the number of people who didn't get it, my budding carreer as a satirist might have just been cut short. The scary part, for me anyway, is that so many people found the story plausible.
Common Sense // 11:29 AM

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bette aka: DishPanHands"
To: "brew"
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 4:02 AM
Subject: Re: The Daily Brew (Read 1st, then cancel my subscription)


This piece was irresponsible journalism-- ((with no disclaimer))
Please cancel my subscription. You managed to frighten my friends, all
to underscore what we ALL, already know.
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Please tell me that this is some sick joke and not real
news...........please!!!!!!
~Connie~

As far as I know, Connie, the Daily Brew is for real. However, if this is so I wonder why we haven't heard more about what happened? It does seem unbelievable!
Nancy
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Please Ladies-- This is FANTASY:
I'm less than 30 minutes from the OSU Stadium. NO SUCH ACTION (HOAX)
It is a very SICK "Scenario" by a idiot trying to make a point-- I'm
appalled that it would be written, let alone sent out on the Daily Brew
with no disclaimer. It will now be thought of as the Daily Bull Shit, by
me-- Dems should pull back from this site, as I am about to. Talk
about sicko taste-- The Feds are liable to check on this site now for
sure.

~ Bette ~


Uh, ladies, its satire. Sorry some of you aren't tuned into Neil Young. Of course, if the feds are going to start reading the Brew, it was worth it.

Common Sense // 11:22 AM

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